History Major, B.A.

The major in history addresses the diverse needs and interests of Hood College students by offering a choice of three different programs of study: 1) the major in history, 2) the major in history with public history concentration and 3) the major in history with secondary education certification. The department also offers minors in history and public history. In addition, students majoring in history may tailor their program to include study abroad or to prepare for law school or graduate school. Each student should consult with a member of the history faculty to discuss how to further her or his educational needs and career goals.

The major in history requires a minimum of 39 credits in history, at least 15 credits of which must be at the 300-level or above, including HIST 373 Research and Writing in History, an internship, and a 400-level capstone seminar. HIST 373 must be taken before the capstone seminar.

When selecting their 200-level introductory courses, students should choose the courses that are prerequisites for the upper-level courses they are interested in taking later.

This major is also available with a concentration in Public History. See History Major, B.A. with Optional Public History Concentration.

Requirements for the major:

Both of the following introductory U.S. History courses (6 credits)

HIST 217History of the United States to 1877

3.0

HIST 218History of the United States since 1877

3.0

Two of the following survey courses (6 credits)

AFHS 257The African American Experience

3.0

HIST 268Latin America

3.0

HIST 269Women in America

3.0

Two of the following introductory World History courses (6 credits)

HIST 264Ancient and Medieval World to 1200

3.0

HIST 265Medieval and Early Modern World, 1200-1800

3.0

HIST 266The Modern World, 1750 to Present

3.0

Three required Methodology Courses (at least 9 credits)

HIST 373Research and Writing in History

3.0

HIST 399Internship in History

3.0 - 15.0

HIST 470/HIST 570Seminar: Topics in History

3.0

Four more courses, distributed as follows (12 credits)

  • At least one course must be from each of the following four areas,
  • At least two courses must be 300-level history courses,
  • Of the 300-level history courses, one course must focus mainly on a time period before 1500 (i.e., an ancient or medieval period); the ancient/medieval courses are: HIST 202, HIST 300, HIST 309, HIST 312, HIST 314, HIST 347, HIST 354, HIST 365, HIST 366, HIST 371A and are noted as (E) for “Early” after course description.

One course in American History (3 credits)

HIST 318Colonial and Revolutionary America

3.0

HIST 319The Civil War and Reconstruction

3.0

HIST 320America in the Sixties

3.0

HIST 338The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1929

3.0

HIST 339New Deal America, 1929-2000

3.0

HIST 353US Foreign Relations since World War II

3.0

HIST 358African Americans and Sports

3.0

HIST 359Black Women in America

3.0

HIST 371BTopics in American History

3.0

HIST 376American Frontiers

3.0

HIST 377Civil Rights and Black Power

3.0

HIST 378Blacks and American Law

3.0

HIST 379Making of the American City

3.0

HIST 380The Native American Experience

3.0

One course in European History (3 credits)

HIST 202Medieval Europe

3.0

HIST 300From Celts to Vikings 400-1000

3.0

HIST 306Heresy and Society in Europe, 1400-1800

3.0

HIST 312Women in Medieval Europe

3.0

HIST 314Medieval and Tudor England

3.0

HIST 349Europe in the Age Total War

3.0

HIST 354Medieval Warfare

3.0

HIST 365The Ancient Near East and Greece

3.0

HIST 366Ancient Rome

3.0

HIST 369Modern Europe, 1789-2000

3.0

HIST 371ATopics in Early History

3.0

HIST 371CTopics in Modern European History

3.0

One course in Global History (3 credits)

HIST 246Modern Africa, 1400-Present

3.0

HIST 309Islam & the Crusades

3.0

HIST 330Cultural Encounters in LatAm Hist

3.0

HIST 347The Indigenous World

3.0

HIST 356Global Empires I

3.0

HIST 357Global Empires II

3.0

HIST 371DTopics in World History

3.0

One course in Public History (3 credits)

HIST 208Introduction to Public History

3.0

HIST 371ETopics in Public History

3.0

HIST 381Collections: Museums and Archives

3.0

HIST 382Exhibiting History

3.0

Students interested in pursuing History secondary education certification may use EDUC 411, Educational Methods in Student's Teaching Field to fulfill the Public History requirement.